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Harare miniskirt march

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In February 2012, women led by South Africa’s ruling party ANC Women’s League took to the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa in miniskirts protesting against harassment of women wearing miniskirts at taxi ranks.

Yesterday another miniskirt march was held in Zimbabwe’s capital city,  Harare organised by a Women’s Rights lobby group, Katswe Sisterhood reiterating the same message as their Johannesburg counterparts relayed two years ago.

The Harare march was dubbed “Reclaiming Our Streets”.

“We are reclaiming our streets, communicating the message that Zimbabwe is our home too, we shall be free in our city,” said Talent Jumo the director of Katswe Sisterhood.

It is true, that Zimbabwe is home to these women in miniskirts. However, it is also home to those touts at the taxi ranks in Harare whose reactions to miniskirts is just the same as the touts in Johannesburg.

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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